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Club For Growth On Romney
Campaigns & Elections ^ | August 21, 2007

Posted on 08/21/2007 4:02:05 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CLUB FOR GROWTH REPORT

Club For Growth: "As Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney's record on economic issues was generally good. He demonstrated a willingness to take on his Legislature and deserves credit for the many pro-growth measures he advocated and the modest reforms he was able to achieve." (The Club For Growth, "Mitt Romney's Record On Economic Issues," Press Release, 8/21/07)

Club For Growth: "[G]iven his outstanding private sector entrepreneurial experience; the strong pro-growth positions he has taken on the campaign trail; his overall record as governor; and the fact that the U.S. Congress will not be as liberal as the Massachusetts Legislature, we are reasonably optimistic that, as President, Mitt Romney would generally advocate a pro-growth agenda." (The Club For Growth, "Mitt Romney's Record On Economic Issues," Press Release, 8/21/07)

(Excerpt) Read more at campaignsandelections.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; clubforgrowth; electionpresident; elections; mittromney; romney

1 posted on 08/21/2007 4:02:13 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued
I notice that they didn't look at his weasel record on every other issue.
2 posted on 08/21/2007 4:06:34 PM PDT by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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To: Reaganesque; restornu; Canticle_of_Deborah; elizabetty; TAdams8591; Saundra Duffy; EmilyGeiger; ...

This is an measured editorial from a strongly conservative group which is primarily focused on economic issues. It’s view of the Romney record is positive for the most part.


3 posted on 08/21/2007 4:08:32 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Clintonfatigued

bump


4 posted on 08/21/2007 4:10:06 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Romney Rocks!!!)
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To: Little Bill

this is a one issue group like the NRA


5 posted on 08/21/2007 4:13:25 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Little Bill

“I notice that they didn’t look at his weasel record on every other issue.”

If Club For Some People’s Growth is for Romney, I’ll have to be against him, I’m afraid.


6 posted on 08/21/2007 4:15:34 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Clintonfatigued

Does “growth” in this context, consist of exporting jobs and sending all our money overseas?...

(just wondering)

Seems like that’s the most common definition these days.


7 posted on 08/21/2007 4:15:50 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Communist China: Walmart's answer to that pesky 13th Amendment.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Other media coverage of the same CFG white paper on Romney:

Boston Herald - Casey Ross
Washington Times - Brian DeBose
The Politico - Jonathan Martin
The Atlantic - Marc Ambinder
Townhall.com - Matt Lewis
New York Sun - Ryan Sager
New York Times - Michael Luo
Real Clear Politics - Tom Bevan
The American Spectator - Jennifer Rubin

As you can see, it received quite a bit of attention in the media.
8 posted on 08/21/2007 4:21:37 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Rudy: tough on terror, scared of Iowa, wets himself over YouTube)
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To: Clintonfatigued
This is the link to the original white paper in HTML format. It's footnoted and sourced, a good brief reference to Romney's record. Mittsters will find a link to download a PDF copy as well.

Club for Growth Releases Fifth Presidential White Paper: The Romney Record: Promise and Puzzlement
9 posted on 08/21/2007 4:25:56 PM PDT by George W. Bush (Rudy: tough on terror, scared of Iowa, wets himself over YouTube)
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To: Little Bill

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I notice that they didn’t look at his weasel record on every other issue. <<<

You mean like the other weasels running for office who are afraid or incapable of speaking competently on the issues that will make our economy competitive into the next century?

I don’t hear anyone else speaking on the level of corporate taxation, tort reform, or competing in Asian markets. Romney was the first that I know of to speak on keeping the best and the brightest here in the US and overhauling our student visa system. Or addressing the failure of the middle class to save, the collapse of social security, and thus the need for tax-free capital investment.

And nor do I hear any candidate with half a campaign speaking as in-step with the base on the issue of immigration reform and controlling and reversing illegal immigration.

Over and over again, it’s Romney who graps the economic burdens our nation is bearing and who has an idea of how to lead us down that path.

But yes, he changed his mind on abortion. How terrible.


10 posted on 08/21/2007 4:26:50 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

>>>Does “growth” in this context, consist of exporting jobs and sending all our money overseas?...<<<

That’s the thing: Romney has been speaking about the US’s rate of corporate taxation. Be honest: would it surprise you to know that only Germany and Canada have higher rates?

Even the UK’s is 25% lower than in the US.

Jobs will continue to go overseas when our economic climate is punitive, which it is now. Just as a for instance, the rate of corporate taxation in Hungary is 16%, as I recall. It’s 39.8% here in the US. Guess which nation is more business friendly?

Even France and Sweden are beating the US into a pulp in that respect.


11 posted on 08/21/2007 4:30:11 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: Shermy

You were already against him.


12 posted on 08/21/2007 4:31:12 PM PDT by mbraynard (FDT: Less Leadership Experience than any president in US history)
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To: CheyennePress

We need to maintain BALANCED trade.

Better yet, we should strive to create a trade surplus.

We are spending our national treasure on things manufactured in China on manufacturing lines which USED to be in America.

China in turn is spending all those billions (approximately 20 billion every month) on nuclear missiles and aircraft carriers, which they will be using to challenge our troops.

And this is “growth”?


13 posted on 08/21/2007 4:33:09 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Communist China: Walmart's answer to that pesky 13th Amendment.)
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To: Shermy
If Club For Some People’s Growth is for Romney, I’ll have to be against him, I’m afraid.
Read the whole thing, they find an awful lot they don't like.

I read all of them and the two candidates they REALLY like are Brownback and Giuliani.
14 posted on 08/21/2007 4:42:50 PM PDT by elizabetty (The funding dried up and I can no longer afford Tagline Messages.)
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To: Little Bill
I notice that they didn't look at his weasel record on every other issue.

The assessment of Romney was mixed.

Clintonfatigued cut out the parts where they expressed concern about Romney's socialist health plan, his support for higher taxes, and his radical anti-1st Amendment views on campaign finance.

15 posted on 08/21/2007 4:44:18 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (Romney : "not really trying to define what is technically amnesty. I'll let the lawyers decide.")
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Romney on Free Trade v. Fair Trade with China and the world:


Well surely free trade is a source of additional economic vitally for our country. It’s been calculated that the average American family earns an extra six thousand dollars a year by virtue of the free trade that we enjoy around the world. At the same time, no one could be oppose to fairness in our trade and with regards to our relationship with China, the fact that they have pegged their currency at an artificially low level to the dollar presents a competitive disadvantage for us and an advantage for them and that’s something we’d like to see end. Interestingly, when the original trade, now the WTO agreements were reached, the idea of pegging currencies was normal; that was the standard; now we book currencies so there’s nothing in these provisions to basically sanction China for doing what they’re doing. But it clearly puts us at a disadvantage and that’s something we’re going to have to change. China has been making some progress in that the Yuan has been devalued by about, it should be revalued by about eight percent over the last several months. But there is more to be done there and a greater interest in some respects is protection of intellectual property. Much of what we sell to the world is in the form of patents and technology and if nations steal that technology and it means we’re losing the commercial value that we worked hard to create. So there’s a lot of work that we are going to have to do to make sure that our trade is fair and it is balanced. I don’t like signing fair trade agreements that don’t present an advantage to us. I hope it presents an advantage to the other guy too, but it’s got to be two sided at least and I’m not going to go out and sign agreements that puts us in a disadvantage but avoiding trade is a sure way for America to become not competitive and ultimately not be a major power, that of course, would be a very bad course to take and is not what our nation will take.


16 posted on 08/21/2007 4:45:53 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Well, it’s not just about balanced trade. It’s time to begin competing:

>>>>Romney, a possible 2008 presidential candidate, spoke about a growing gap in technology and education between countries like China and the United States. He described a conversation he’d had with a leader of a Massachusetts high-tech company, who said he expected that in 10 years, 90 percent of his employees will be in Asia.

“I was shocked,” said Romney. “China alone graduates seven times the number of engineers that we are.”<<<<

The US workforce is growing evermore inferior. We’re supposed to be competing technologically with the rest of the world, and we frankly are failing. The US also produces fewer engineers than Germany.

At the moment, one of every 5 engineers and scientists in the US is born and educated overseas. Our educational system is not working.


17 posted on 08/21/2007 4:46:54 PM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: Clintonfatigued
The report was originally posted here .
18 posted on 08/21/2007 4:48:17 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Clintonfatigued
This is a duplicate, of course. Why did you excerpt from a website that just reposted the Club for Growth press release?

Cross-linking to the original post:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1884443/posts
"Romney's Record: Promise and Puzzlement"

19 posted on 08/21/2007 4:50:24 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (Romney : "not really trying to define what is technically amnesty. I'll let the lawyers decide.")
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To: Clintonfatigued

Stephen Moore, who founded and ran the Club, was a major immigration advocate. He’s not with them now, though, so maybe they’ve straightened out on that.


20 posted on 08/21/2007 4:50:41 PM PDT by x
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To: CheyennePress

What does that mean?

I mean, seriously.

I think that means, he intends to keep doing what we’re doing now.

Is that what you get out of that? In that case, I have a proposition to save us all a lot of gas, time and trouble.

Why even bother with the trouble of going to Walmart? The stress of parking. The lines. There’s a far easier way.

Let’s just have our paychecks deposited directly in the PLA (Peoples Liberation Army) account, at the People’s Bank of China.

Now that’s growth.

Just not for us...........


21 posted on 08/21/2007 4:51:27 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Communist China: Walmart's answer to that pesky 13th Amendment.)
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To: CheyennePress

I wholeheartedly agree with you. Romney’s speaking on these vital issues and no one else is. Giuliani has been stealing some of his ideas and presenting them as his own. I don’t care about Romney’s stand on abortion when he was governor of a liberal state. He had to support Roe v Wade because governors are sworn to obey the law and that’s the law of the land. He has said that he will appoint conservative judges and that’s good enough for me. That’s about the best a president can do. It’s up to clergy and medical personnel to make abortion an abomination like it used to be.


22 posted on 08/21/2007 4:52:44 PM PDT by WestSylvanian
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’m still undecided on Romney, but I have no use for CFG, any more than I have for the editorial board of the WSJ. One-note charlies.


23 posted on 08/21/2007 4:53:07 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Little Bill

Its not an organization that cares that much about “the other issues”.


24 posted on 08/21/2007 4:53:33 PM PDT by Old_Mil (Rudy = Hillary, Fred = Dole, Romney = Kerry, McCain = Crazy. No Thanks.)
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To: CheyennePress
...............But yes, he changed his mind on abortion. How terrible.....................

But,but.but he’s an evil Mormon,

For Total Shame!

25 posted on 08/21/2007 4:55:32 PM PDT by aShepard (Oh little Mohammad, Couchy, Couchy Coo; your momma is so proud, you'll be the cutest suicide bomber)
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To: CheyennePress
Lets get some things straight: My Family has been in Utah since 1848, My Fathers family Has been LDS since the 1830's, I am Not LDS, you are not a Wyoming Marchant, you are mot related to Marion Romney, my cousin Terry was married to one of his Grand Daughters, you have not lived in Massachusetts for forty years, and obviously you don't have a clue about his accomplishments, none.

Love and Kisses Little Bill

26 posted on 08/21/2007 4:57:14 PM PDT by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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To: elizabetty

Thanks.

They like those two because they are big on “growth” through wage deflation, ie, open borders.


27 posted on 08/21/2007 5:03:41 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: WestSylvanian
Giuliani has been stealing some of his ideas and presenting them as his own.

I noticed that too.

28 posted on 08/21/2007 5:05:51 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah (Catholic4Mitt)
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To: JohnnyZ

You Missed his hatred of the Second Amendment


29 posted on 08/21/2007 5:07:54 PM PDT by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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To: Little Bill

Well, Club for Growth didn’t comment on that. They did comment on the other things, but it was cut out of Clintonfatigued’s post.


30 posted on 08/21/2007 5:09:28 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (Romney : "not really trying to define what is technically amnesty. I'll let the lawyers decide.")
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To: bigfootbob
this is a one issue group like the NRA

Don't think so. Pat Toomey (who would've made an awesome Senator had GWB not stepped in to save Spector) is the head of this group.

They study their candidates and positions carefully. A pro-growth agenda means more economic freedom, which breeds more of the other types of freedom.

I'd be interested in their evaluation of every candidate.

31 posted on 08/21/2007 5:20:02 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Vigilanteman

Yes, they are. They only focus on economic issues similar to what the NRA does as it pertains to the 2nd amendment issues.

Art Laffer, Larry Kudlow, Richard Gilder, Dusty Rhoades and Stephen Moore started the organization to focus on economic growth, not gun rights, abortion, etc.

Yes, that White House Spector gambit not only robbed the senate of a good conservative from Pennsylvania, it cost Stephen Moore his place at the head of the table at the Club for Growth.


32 posted on 08/21/2007 5:52:12 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Shermy

“If Club For Some People’s Growth is for Romney, I’ll have to be against him, I’m afraid.”

The Club for Growth is in favor of economic freedom, property rights (against Kelo), low taxes, smaller Government, and increased American competitiveness. These policies help American citizens in ALL income categories. They also are ‘RINO’ hunters and they’ve opposed earmarks and pork barrel corruption and the excesses of even GOP Congress. Their current President, Pat Toomey, had a great track record as a conservative Congressman and ran against Arlen Specter in 2004, losing in a close primary.

The only reason to disdain the Club for Growth is if you want our country to be a socialist economic backwater choked by high taxes and bad Govt regulations.


33 posted on 08/21/2007 7:36:37 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: Shermy; All

I agree about the Club for Growth. Folks have been duped by the Club for Growth. They are for open borders, amnesty, etc.

More here:

http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/2007/02/club-for-growth-and-2008-presidential.html


34 posted on 08/21/2007 9:33:02 PM PDT by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-life/borders, understands Red China threat! http://www.gohunter08.com/Home.aspx)
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To: skeeter

You dont understand club for growth.
All our freedoms rest on economic freedom. They are a pro-economic freedom, pro-property-rights, anti-big-Government conservative group, the premier group to vouch for economic conservative credentials IMHO, and the #1 group that is actually doing something about defeating RINOs.

Many of our favorite conservatives in Congress were helped by Club for Growth, and many of our least favorites have been targetted.


35 posted on 08/21/2007 10:16:03 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: Sun

Attacking CfG via Moore si guilt-by-association. Some years ago, Steven Moore was in Cato and he helped defeat ID cards for immigration purposes. Then he was in Club for Growth.

Cato, yes, is an open-borders organization
... but Club for Growth is led by anti-amnesty Pat Toomey, has not advocated the Bush-style immigration ‘deal’, and has strongly supported the best Senators on this issue - DeMint and Coburn in particular.

If they criticized Hunter for not signing up for the conservative RSC budget, that seems fair, as they went after everyone including many Republicans who voted for Bush’s Medicare drug plan.


36 posted on 08/21/2007 11:10:39 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: George W. Bush

Some of the CfG points

SUMMARY

As Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney’s record on economic issues was generally good. He demonstrated a willingness to take on his Legislature and deserves credit for the many pro-growth measures he advocated and the modest reforms he was able to achieve. While his record on taxes, spending and entitlement reform is flawed, it is, on balance, encouraging, especially given the liberal Massachusetts Legislature. His record on trade, school choice, regulations, and tort reform all indicate a strong respect for the power of market solutions.

At the same time, Governor Romney’s history is marked by statements at odds with his gubernatorial record and his campaign rhetoric. His strident opposition to the flat tax; his refusal to endorse the Bush tax cuts in 2003; his support for various minor tax hikes; and his once-radically bad views on campaign finance reform all cast some doubts on the extent and durability of his commitment to limited-government, pro-growth policies. His landmark steps in the health care arena also exhibit a mixture of desirable pro-free market efforts combined with a regrettable willingness to accept, if not embrace, a massive new regulatory regime. Nevertheless, given his outstanding private sector entrepreneurial experience; the strong pro-growth positions he has taken on the campaign trail; his overall record as governor; and the fact that the U.S. Congress will not be as liberal as the Massachusetts Legislature, we are reasonably optimistic that, as President, Mitt Romney would generally advocate a pro-growth agenda.

KEY POINTS

“While Governor Romney still needs to explain some of his past positions,” Mr. Toomey continued, “given his overall record as governor and the strong pro-growth positions he has taken on the campaign trail, we are reasonably optimistic that, as President, Mitt Romney would generally advocate a pro-growth agenda.”

Pro-Growth Tax Policy:

Governor Romney’s Record Includes “Solid Efforts To Promote Pro-Growth Tax Policy.” “That said, Governor Romney’s single term contained some solid efforts to promote pro-growth tax policy. In May of 2004, Mitt Romney proposed cutting the state’s income-tax rate from 5.3% to 5.0% - a measure Massachusetts voters had approved in a 2000 referendum, but was blocked by the State Legislature in 2002. The proposed tax cut would have provided $675 million in relief over a year and a half. When the Massachusetts Legislature refused to budge, Romney proposed the same tax cut in 2005 and again in 2006 with no success. Romney was more successful when he took on the State Legislature for imposing a retroactive tax on capital gains earnings. After a bloody fight, Romney succeeded in passing a bill preventing the capital gains tax from being applied retroactively, resulting in a rebate of $275 million for capital gains taxes collected in 2002. Governor Romney also signed legislation that provided property tax relief to seniors and legislation establishing a two-day tax-free shopping holiday in 2005.” (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)

Imposing Fiscal Discipline:

Club For Growth: Governor Romney “Imposed Much-Needed Fiscal Discipline On A Very Liberal Massachusetts Legislature.” “While there is no question that Governor Romney’s initial fiscal discipline slacked off in the second half of his term, on balance, he imposed some much-needed fiscal discipline on a very liberal Massachusetts Legislature.” (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)

* Governor Romney’s Record Of Fiscal Discipline “More Positive Than Negative, Especially When One Considers That Average Spending Increased Only 2.22% Over His Four Years.” “On balance, his record comes out more positive than negative, especially when one considers that average spending increased only 2.22% over his four years, well below the population plus inflation benchmark of nearly 3%. Governor Romney receives credit for actual spending in FY 2003, even though he entered office halfway into the fiscal year, because of the tremendous spending cuts he forced down the Legislature’s throat in January of 2003. Facing a $650 million deficit he inherited from the previous administration, Romney convinced the unfriendly State Legislature to grant him unilateral power to make budget cuts and unveiled $343 million in cuts to cities, healthcare, and state agencies. This fiscal discipline continued in 2004, in which Romney continued to slash ‘nearly every part of state government’ to close a $3 billion deficit.” (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)

* Governor Romney “Attempted To Cut Down On Government Spending By Streamlining Many Duplicative And Wasteful Elements On Beacon Hill.” “To his credit, Romney attempted to cut down on government spending by streamlining many duplicative and wasteful elements of Beacon Hill. ... Governor Romney successfully consolidated the social service and public health bureaucracy and restructured the Metropolitan District Commission. Romney even eliminated half of the executive branch’s press positions, saving $1.2 million. “ (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)

A Health Care Plan That Encourages Individually-Owned Health Insurance:

Club For Growth: “Most of the blame for the deficiencies in the Massachusetts plan lies with the liberal Legislature which, absent the resistance of Governor Romney, almost certainly would have enacted a major tax increase while moving healthcare reform in the worst possible direction.” (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)

Club For Growth: “Governor Romney Deserves Credit For Proposing A Plan That Encourages Individually-Owned Health Insurance...” “But one cannot talk about Romney’s record on entitlement reform without considering the universal healthcare plan Governor Romney helped craft in Massachusetts. ... Given these limitations, Governor Romney deserves credit for proposing (and to a lesser extent, enacting) a plan that encourages individually-owned health insurance and circumvents some of the inequities carved into the federal tax code.” (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)

* The Health Care Plan “’Connector’ Does Dramatically Facilitate Individually-Owned Health Insurance Plans...” “In order to bypass this inequity, Romney created a device known as the “Connector” that serves as a government-sponsored clearinghouse/regulator for private healthcare plans. ... Nevertheless, the Massachusetts ‘Connector’ does dramatically facilitate individually-owned health insurance plans by enabling individuals to purchase health insurance with pre-tax dollars and choose from a number of competing private plans.” (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)

* Governor Romney Made “Progress” In Deregulating The Insurance Industry. “Governor Romney tried to deregulate the overregulated healthcare insurance coverage. Many of his efforts were rebuffed by the Legislature, but he did make some progress. Thanks to Governor Romney, HMOs can now offer high deductible plans tied to health savings accounts; Massachusetts set a three-year moratorium on new benefit mandates; and individuals aged 19-26 have the option of enrolling in low-cost plans with dollar-limited annual benefits.” (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)

Anti-Regulation Efforts:

Club For Growth: “On balance, Romney’s anti-regulation efforts reflect an intuitive appreciation for the free market and its important role in promoting economic growth. While many of his proposals were rejected by the State Legislature, he demonstrated strong support for private enterprise in a state where regulation is a way of life.” (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)

Strong Proponent Of Tort Reform:

Club For Growth: “From his 1994 Senate race, to his gubernatorial campaign in 2002, and throughout his four years as governor, Romney was a strong proponent of tort reform. ... On the campaign trail, Romney has taken his impressive record to the national level, insisting on badly needed nationwide tort reform.” (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)


37 posted on 08/21/2007 11:18:12 PM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: WOSG
All our freedoms rest on economic freedom.

On an individual level, I agree - as long as your economic activities do not threaten my own livelyhood or imperil my family/community/nation. Does CFG acknowledge that distinction? If so, I have no problem with them.

38 posted on 08/22/2007 10:59:51 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Sun

Correct on the pro-amnesty, pro-NAFTA, pro-Mexican trucks “Club for Growth” A bunch of little Cato Institute wannabees


39 posted on 09/03/2007 6:33:41 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: WOSG

The Club for Growth ITSELF is pro-amnesty, pro-open borders and pro-UNFAIR trade, no matter how you gry to spin it.

I’ve always liked Pat Toomey, and I’m really disappointed with him for being with the C4G now.


40 posted on 09/03/2007 8:44:25 AM PDT by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-life/borders, understands Red China threat! http://www.gohunter08.com/Home.aspx)
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To: dennisw

“Correct on the pro-amnesty, pro-NAFTA, pro-Mexican trucks “Club for Growth”’

Thanks.

I’m glad somebody does their homework, YOU. :)


41 posted on 09/03/2007 8:46:15 AM PDT by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-life/borders, understands Red China threat! http://www.gohunter08.com/Home.aspx)
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To: Sun
Pro-Growth Tax Policy:

Governor Romney’s Record Includes “Solid Efforts To Promote Pro-Growth Tax Policy.” “That said, Governor Romney’s single term contained some solid efforts to promote pro-growth tax policy. In May of 2004, Mitt Romney proposed cutting the state’s income-tax rate from 5.3% to 5.0% - a measure Massachusetts voters had approved in a 2000 referendum, but was blocked by the State Legislature in 2002. The proposed tax cut would have provided $675 million in relief over a year and a half. When the Massachusetts Legislature refused to budge, Romney proposed the same tax cut in 2005 and again in 2006 with no success. Romney was more successful when he took on the State Legislature for imposing a retroactive tax on capital gains earnings. After a bloody fight, Romney succeeded in passing a bill preventing the capital gains tax from being applied retroactively, resulting in a rebate of $275 million for capital gains taxes collected in 2002. Governor Romney also signed legislation that provided property tax relief to seniors and legislation establishing a two-day tax-free shopping holiday in 2005.” (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)

Imposing Fiscal Discipline:

Club For Growth: Governor Romney “Imposed Much-Needed Fiscal Discipline On A Very Liberal Massachusetts Legislature.” “While there is no question that Governor Romney’s initial fiscal discipline slacked off in the second half of his term, on balance, he imposed some much-needed fiscal discipline on a very liberal Massachusetts Legislature.” (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)

Governor Romney’s Record Of Fiscal Discipline “More Positive Than Negative, Especially When One Considers That Average Spending Increased Only 2.22% Over His Four Years.” “On balance, his record comes out more positive than negative, especially when one considers that average spending increased only 2.22% over his four years, well below the population plus inflation benchmark of nearly 3%. Governor Romney receives credit for actual spending in FY 2003, even though he entered office halfway into the fiscal year, because of the tremendous spending cuts he forced down the Legislature’s throat in January of 2003. Facing a $650 million deficit he inherited from the previous administration, Romney convinced the unfriendly State Legislature to grant him unilateral power to make budget cuts and unveiled $343 million in cuts to cities, healthcare, and state agencies. This fiscal discipline continued in 2004, in which Romney continued to slash ‘nearly every part of state government’ to close a $3 billion deficit.” (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)

Governor Romney “Attempted To Cut Down On Government Spending By Streamlining Many Duplicative And Wasteful Elements On Beacon Hill.” “To his credit, Romney attempted to cut down on government spending by streamlining many duplicative and wasteful elements of Beacon Hill. ... Governor Romney successfully consolidated the social service and public health bureaucracy and restructured the Metropolitan District Commission. Romney even eliminated half of the executive branch’s press positions, saving $1.2 million. “ (The Club For Growth, “Mitt Romney’s Record On Economic Issues,” Press Release, 8/21/07)

Are the above good or bad achievements for Governor Romney in Mass. or more attempts by the Club for Growth to fool us, Sun?

42 posted on 09/03/2007 9:07:40 AM PDT by TAdams8591 (Guiliani is a Democrat in Republican drag. Mitt Romney for president in 2008! : ))
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To: Clintonfatigued
"and the fact that the U.S. Congress will not be as liberal as the Massachusetts Legislature, we are reasonably optimistic that, as President, Mitt Romney would generally advocate a pro-growth agenda." (The Club For Growth, "Mitt Romney's Record On Economic Issues," Press Release, 8/21/07)"

Precisely!

43 posted on 09/03/2007 9:09:16 AM PDT by TAdams8591 (Guiliani is a Democrat in Republican drag. Mitt Romney for president in 2008! : ))
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To: TAdams8591

Simply put, as I said, I don’t like the Club for growth, because they are pro-amnesty, pro-open borders, pro-unfair trade, and put BUSINESS before Americans.

And about Romney:

The “fiscal” Romney will raise your taxes, despite of what he says in yet another flip flop.

“Mitt changes tax-cut tune
By Casey Ross
Boston Herald Reporter

Thursday, February 8, 2007 - Updated: 12:56 AM EST

After refusing to endorse President Bush’s tax cuts when he was governor, Mitt Romney has now made them a central part of his presidential campaign, stirring accusations that he is changing his position to appeal to GOP primary voters.”

http://news.bostonherald.com/politics/view.bg?articleid=181734&format=text

But Romney is very good looking. :)


44 posted on 09/03/2007 9:13:47 AM PDT by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-life/borders, understands Red China threat! http://www.gohunter08.com/Home.aspx)
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To: Sun

My opinions about the CfG are not nearly as negative as yours. First, their members, who are the ones who do the actual donating to candidates, are as overwhelmingly pro-border security as anyone. Second, the money that has flowed through CfG over the last decade has done more to elect some of our very best conservatives to Congress than anyone. And we’re talking some of the best members of the immigration caucus.

But I certainly agree with you about Romney. He really, really, sucks. If elected, he would make George W. Bush look like a hardcore conservative in comparison. God forbid.


45 posted on 09/03/2007 9:21:33 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Truth matters. Words mean things. Those meanings are all that stand between you and the gulag...)
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To: EternalVigilance

I’m not saying C4G is all bad, but they have a lot of SERIOUS flaws, and many folks don’t realized their flaws, and give them far more credit than they are worth, imo.

Please see the link in my post #34, and I have read other negative stuff about them, as well.


46 posted on 09/03/2007 9:25:59 AM PDT by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-life/borders, understands Red China threat! http://www.gohunter08.com/Home.aspx)
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To: Sun

I posted a new thread today about the Club for Growth. Never did like them now I know why

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1890495/posts


47 posted on 09/03/2007 9:44:09 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: All; dennisw; EternalVigilance

“I posted a new thread today about the Club for Growth. Never did like them now I know why

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1890495/posts

Thanks, I’ll check it out, and hope others will, as well.


48 posted on 09/03/2007 2:51:20 PM PDT by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-life/borders, understands Red China threat! http://www.gohunter08.com/Home.aspx)
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